HOLLY (WWJ) – The Holly community is devastated after a six-alarm fire tore through the historic downtown area Tuesday afternoon, causing extensive damage to many historic buildings, including the Holly Hotel.
Witnesses told WWJ it was a “chaotic scene” in the area when the fire broke out, around 4 p.m. The fire reportedly started in the Battle Alley Arcade Antiques store next door, and jumped to multiple buildings, including the Historic Holly Hotel restaurant.
The restaurant, more than a century old, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. While it's no longer an inn, the Holly Hotel is one of few places in America that have had continual food service in three centuries, according to its website.
No civilian injuries have been reported, but some firefighters were being treated for mild injuries and smoke inhalation, according to The Detroit Free Press.
Authorities have not yet determined a cause of the fire and officials said it may be days before damages will be assessed.
Hundreds of people on social media shared their condolences and memories of downtown Holly.
"Our hearts are broken," the Downtown Holly Facebook page said.
General Manager John Iatonna at the Red Devil Restaurant told WWJ’s Sandra McNeill the fire started about 4 p.m. in the Arcade and spread quickly.
He said officials were concerned about flames jumping from building to building and had told him to evacuate the restaurant.
The smoke was visible from a distance as many were driving home during the afternoon commute.
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